Stuff We Like: Ready for Rain
Make sure you’re prepared for April showers—and sprinkles, and drizzles, and downpours!—with these waterproof and weather-ready boots, jackets, hats, and more.
Don’t let your little one have all the fun: Slip on these low-profile boots from Bogs (pictured right; I keep mine by the door for easy access), gear up your tot in the classic kids’ version (pictured left), and head out for some serious puddle fun. All Bogs kids’ footwear feature pull-on handles, and I can attest that they do promote toddler independence! Both pairs of Bogs rain boots have a moisture-wick lining to keep feet dry, plus are lightweight and 100 percent waterproof. ($75.90 for women’s short boot; $55 for kids’ rain boot; bogsfootwear.com)
The Wild Weather Book delivers on its subtitle’s promise and then some, offering up “loads of things to do outdoors in rain, wind and snow.” A little drizzle will never be an excuse not to play outside again when kids are presented with the options for adventure in these pages—think rain painting (pictured), swimming in the rain, making rain drums, or some good old slip-and-sliding in the mud. From the authors of the wildly popular The Stick Book, Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, this is one guide you’ll want to keep handy in April. Find even more “wild” fun (including “adventures after dark”) at goingwild.net. ($14.95; amazon.com)
This kids’ topper fits almost like a baseball hat but has much more flair—and, it’s waterproof. The navy Kangol Rain Deeto ($38) is a good option for boys (pictured bottom right), while the yellow or turquoise version will brighten any girl’s stormy day. Also for little ladies, there’s the Kangol Kids Rain Lola Hat ($44), which features a vintage bell shape in classic gingham complete with a floppy wide brim in strawberry pink or electric blue.
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What little girl wouldn’t want it to rain when she’s able to don this precious, bright spring trench from Appaman? Also available in “huckleberry” blue, this stylish jacket will make moms wish they could still squeeze into a kids’ size 10. (Sizes 2T – 10; $64; Appaman.com)
This lightweight ladybug poncho ($17.99) from Stephen Joseph is perfect for stashing in a bag in case the weather turns quickly. One size fits most, and the coat features a snap closure so your little one will be snug as a bug. Not including the hood, the poncho measures 34 inches wide and 27 inches long. Check shop.stephenjosephgifts.com for design options, including tiger, owl, and frog.
This camera case from OverBoard is built to protect your digital camera from water as well as dirt, sand, and snow. Even better: You can use the camera normally without taking it out of the case. It’s 100 percent waterproof, floats in water, and is submersible up to 19 feet. The case comes with a neck lanyard, carabiner clip, and moisture-sensitive desiccant sachet. ($29.95; thewaterproofstore.com)